UCSD's visual-art's department is known for developing and fostering artists who don't so much walk the line between experimentation and art as much as tap dance all over and around it.

The latest crop of graduating master's students will exhibit ongoing projects and current works at MFA 2013, opening with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, and running through June 28 at University Art Gallery on campus.

Curators Melinda Guillen and Samara Kaplan selected works from Ela Boyd, Jamilah Abdul-Sabur, Misael Diaz and 11 other artists to exhibit. There'll also be programming surrounding the show, including artist talks by Abdul-Sabur and Diaz and short readings of Allison Spence's creative writing, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.

A large portion of the work is in video, film and installation, but there'll also be strong 2-D pieces and performances on view. *For instance, Boyd's video installation will be accompanied by a performance on opening night where the artist works with multiple projected images of herself as a response to how time and space are presented in the media.

The curators, both PhD students in the vis arts department, attempted to create 15 contained, intimate environments in the gallery by spotlighting certain areas and blocking out natural light.

"Curating this set group of 15 artists has been a great experience but also a challenge to develop an exhibition that can serve as both a sort of commemoration of their time in the program and an introduction to their work to a broader audience," Guillen says.

"I think what's really exciting about this group of artists is their interest not only in the San Diego arts scene but also in its culture and landscape, opening up our idea of the arts to include the larger community," Kaplan adds.


*Boyd's work was originally described as criticizing image obsession.
 

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